are your wEEkly Updates:
International climate commitments
: The nations of the world are marking
this Earth Day with the signing
of the Agreement
made in Paris last December to make efforts to limit
global temperature rise.
New issue of CURRENTS
: Why does this matter for local
governments? Take a look at interviews from Oakland Program Manager Daniel
Hamilton and Mayor Tom Butt of Richmond in the Spring 2016
, now online – and look for a video
from the interviews
with even more later this spring.
The Spring edition of CURRENTS
also shares an overview
of the rolling portfolio process
stakeholder participation in the planning for the next five years of energy
efficiency programs, in response to numerous inquiries. You can track the
latest on the rolling portfolio by signing up on the EE Coordinating Committee
), or see more from
your Coordinator here
Upcoming events include public comments on residential and commercial sector
program planning this coming Monday (4/25).
Also on the rolling portfolio
: yesterday afternoon, the CPUC’s Energy
Division released its staff
proposal on Energy Efficiency Baselines
, following the commitments made in
October’s rolling portfolio CPUC Decision and responding to AB 802’s
requirement that the CPUC allow energy efficiency programs to provide
incentives based on metered energy savings. Comments are due back May 10, 2016.
New national energy legislation: the U.S. Senate has passed the first broad
national energy bill since 2007: the Energy Policy Modernization Act. Learn
more about the bill from TheHill.com
and hear why ACEEE
thinks the bill is helpful
for state and local governments.
EE and jobs
: The results of the 2016 California Advanced Energy Employment
Survey are out, and show advanced energy job growth of 19%. To review
Valuing EE for cost savings
: a recent survey shows that most Americans
still value energy efficiency the most for the cost savings it brings them.
Learn more on Energy Efficiency Markets
’s site, here
Know businesses in your jurisdictions looking to go green?
They may be
interested in the Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, June 6-7th
Corporations tackling climate change
: To see more on what corporations are
already doing to mitigate climate change, click here
a new GreenBiz report, “Accountability for Climate Action.”
Leadership in solar
: Just in time for Earth Day, San Francisco’s Board of
to put in place solar requirements for new construction:
all new commercial and residential buildings with 10 floors or less will be
required to install solar photovoltaic, solar water panels or a combination of
the two starting 2017.
Solar and EE, in pools
: Solar pool heating is a great way to reduce the
energy spent on pool heating. Take a look at these
case studies shared by CSE
featuring real estate companies, aquatic
centers, and schools using solar and energy efficiency measures and leveraging
incentives to cut pool energy use and costs.
Water and energy efficiency
: Every gallon of water that’s wasted not only
contributes to drought concerns, but is additional water that needs to be
pumped, heated, and treated. Learn tips to start saving from U.S. EPA’s
WaterSense Program lead, here
Global water and energy best practices
: the Environmental Defense Fund
covers what’s needed to create a smart future for water and energy here
Looking for water/EE funds?
The California Energy Commission (CEC)
released a grant funding opportunity earlier this week for water and energy
efficiency demonstrations. Learn more here
Pollution Reduction Strategy: stakeholder feedback
. The Air Resources Board
(ARB) will conduct a second public workshop to discuss ARB's Proposed
Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (Proposed Strategy) at the San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, also available online, on May
3rd. For more information click here
Understanding State-Level EE
: If you missed Tuesday’s webinar on navigating
and leveraging EE resources at the state agency level, you can find it here
and provide feedback
additional energy efficiency 101 resources you’d like to see. (And the SEEC Forum in June
the first time feature a Energy Efficiency 101 workshop the day before.)
was released this week reviewing opportunities and best
practices in California geothermal power generation, direct use, and heat
The 7th Annual SEEC Forum: Call for Posters!
registered for the SEEC Forum yet? This year’s Forum will feature a poster
session for sharing a project or program’s best practices, a new tool or
approach to EE (or a proven one with interesting results), and more –
Climate Mitigation Event
: For more on applying lessons from Paris in
California, TRC is hosting a 4/28 event in San Diego: Climate Change
Mitigation: From International Goals to Local Successes and Challenges.
: Redwood Coast Energy Authority is hiring for an Energy
Technician to assist with the development, implementation, and on-going
operation of various energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
always, you can keep track of relevant events by connecting to the EE
, and find more resources being added daily on the EECoordinator website
. If there are
events or topics you'd like added, please contact me.
all for this week!